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TSA stops loaded firearm from entering plane at Bradley International Airport

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers stopped a man from carrying a loaded firearm onto his flight at Bradley International Airport (BDL) on Thursday, August 4.

During Thursday morning security screening, TSA officers detected a firearm in the man’s carry-on bag. TSA immediately notified Connecticut State Police (CSP). During a search of the bag, CSP discovered a loaded .9mm firearm along with a total of 10 rounds. After questioning, CSP arrested the Connecticut resident for circumventing airport security, carrying a firearm without a permit, and possession of a large capacity magazine.

“Our TSA officers once again prove why they are vital to airport security,” said William Csontos, TSA’s Federal Security Director for Connecticut. “Passengers who are traveling with firearms need to ensure they declare them with the airline and that they are properly packed in their checked baggage.”

This was the second firearm detected at a BDL security checkpoint this year. In 2021TSA discovered nine firearms at BDL security checkpoints.

There have been 22 firearm detections at New England security checkpoints in 2022, 16 at BOS, 2 at BDL, 2 at PVD, 1 at MHT and 1 at BGR.

TSA reserves the right to issue a civil penalty to travelers who have guns and gun parts with them at a checkpoint. A typical first offense for carrying a loaded handgun into a checkpoint is $4,100 and can go as high as $13,669 depending on any aggravating circumstances. This applies to travelers with or without concealed gun carry permits because even though an individual may have a concealed carry permit, it does not allow for a firearm to be carried onto an airplane. The complete list of civil penalties is posted online. If a traveler with a gun is a member of TSA PreCheck®, that individual will lose their TSA PreCheck privileges.

Passengers are permitted to travel with firearms in checked baggage if they are unloaded, packed separately from ammunition in a locked hardback case and declared at the airline check-in counter.  

TSA has details on how to properly travel with a firearm posted on its website. Travelers should also contact their airline as they may have additional requirements for traveling with firearms and ammunition.

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